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Haden Rider, Gainesville Georgia

Vocal Coach, Co-Founder/Co-Director/Music Director of Play On Players

Haden graduated with a BA Theatre degree from the University of North Georgia/Brenau University in the Gainesville Theatre Alliance training program. As of late, he has been working as a professional actor and voice teacher/coach in the Atlanta regional theatre market. Most recent roles/productions include: Radames- Aida (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Quasimodo-The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Aurora Theatre/Theatrical Outfit), Jesus- Jesus Christ Superstar (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Carlo Nucci- A Comedy of Tenors (Georgia Ensemble Theatre), Sebastian- The Thing About Men (The Wallace Buice Theatre Company). He is also a Literary AAA State Champion (2010) for Dramatic Interpretation. However, he has a true love for children’s theatre and all of the joy that it brings; not only for the kids who perform, but for the chance to invest his love of the art form into the hearts and minds of young talented individuals. Following this passion to teach young artists, Haden is a recipient of the Junior Theatre Festival Teacher Spirit Award (which he shares with his co-founder Carly Ann Berg) as well as a proud member of the Freddie G. Fellowship.

Vocal Teaching Experience/Training/Method

Haden has been teaching private voice lessons for 7 years. He teaches/coaches a vast amount of styles including: Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, and Opera. However, like ballet (being the basis of dance); Haden believes that a classically based method will give more freedom to a voice and will allow it to achieve its greatest potential. His preferred method of choice is “Garcia Vocal Method or Garcia Technique”. This technique was founded by famous Spanish operatic baritone, music educator, and vocal pedagogue– Manuel Patricio Rodriguez Garcia (whom is also credited with the invention of the first laryngoscope). This scientific singing technique helps to define what singing actually is, what is anatomically happening when you sing, and the understanding of the sensation of how proper singing should “feel”. This technique was introduced to Haden by opera enthusiast and voice pedagogy/teacher extraordinaire—Bruce Sellers. The technique will focus heavily on proper breath support, proper body alignment (Alexander Technique), the importance of resonance through space creation/complete relaxation, and a thorough understanding of how to sing naturally and effectively without putting strain on the vocal chords. In relation with proper singing, Haden also strives to assist his students in finding “their true voice” or “their artistic edge”. Nobody’s voice is perfect, but that’s the beauty of it! Typically, a singer’s imperfections (usually stemming from incorrect technique) ultimately highlights what makes them unique. However, in order for this “true voice” to come through unencumbered and in a healthy manner; they must first learn Perfect Technique…so that they can then learn how to use their Imperfect Technique with artistic prowess.

What Students Can Expect To Learn:

  • Understanding of the “Mixed Voice”
  • Increased Power and Control through natural resonance and breath support
  • How to rid tension for Effortless Singing
  • Increase Range and Vocal Agility
  • Daily Vocal Health Regimen
  • How to build a voice that WILL last
  • Sing ANY style in a healthy manner
  • Gain confidence to discover your Artistic Edge

Play On Players

Haden is Co-Founder of Play On Players whose mission is to Provide Outstanding Productions by young artists. P.O.P strives to provide an engaging, safe, and creative environment for children by offering exciting experiences in musical theatre productions. The goal is to inspire and strengthen self-confidence, individual expression, and theatre performance skills, while also developing life-long values, teamwork, and the love of performing live theatre for the community. In addition to the JTF competitions, P.O.P. performs full-length productions throughout the year.

Teaching Experience 

Haden is a self-employed voice instructor, acting coach, and guitar teacher. He has also hosted several master classes throughout the North Georgia area with an emphasis on vocal pedagogy. He has offered his services as a voice teacher and music director in past productions such as: Hairspray, Pippin, A Year With Frog and Toad, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, Hairspray Jr., Once On This Island Jr., Guys and Dolls Jr., Madagascar Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., Elf Jr., Seussical Jr., Honk Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., Godspell Jr., Aladdin Jr., Alice in Wonderland Jr. However, in every teaching environment that Haden has the pleasure of being a part of, he is always astounded that teaching is in fact the greatest way to learn.

Previous directing or music directing includes:
Holly Theater, Flowery Branch H.S., Mill Creek H.S., Lumpkin County H.S., Johnson H.S., White County H.S., Dawson County H.S., Dawson County Arts Council

Under the direction of Haden and Carly, the Play On Players troupes have won multiple awards at annual Theater Festivals.
James And The Giant Peach at NPAF 2017
Once On This Island Jr. at JTF 2017
Guys And Dolls Jr. at JTF 2016
The Little Mermaid Jr. at JTF 2015
Seussical Jr. at JTF 2014
Honk! Jr. at JTF 2013


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